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used in Not Without My Daughter

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something that might happen — especially something that it is hoped will not happen

or more rarely:

something available in case of an event — especially an event that it is hoped will not occur
  • There were several contingencies, notably divorce or Moody's death, that might bring about my deportation, but Mahtob would be lost to me forever.
  • Perhaps during this week, somehow, some fortuitous contingency would arise that would allow Mahtob and me to make a break for freedom.
  • Too distraught to think clearly, I did not worry about further contingencies.
  • Finally, I learned of another and perhaps most important contingency that prevented Moody from considering a return.

There are no more uses of "contingency" in Not Without My Daughter.

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